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Newt Gingrich looks like a goner in Fla. — but by how much? -
Early ballots, yet uncounted, may transform Mitt Romney's expected win into a rout over Newt Gingrich. Term limits and salary boost: Should county commissioners be held to eight-year term limits and be banned from outside employment, while boosting ...
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Senate clears way for vote on insider-trading ban -
By Larry Margasak AP / January 30, 2012 WASHINGTON—Congress is rushing to make it absolutely clear to everyone that its members are banned from insider stock trading, hoping to improve their sagging image that has approval ratings at historic lows.

Europe Forges Closer Fiscal Ties

Wall Street Journal -
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Syria forces retake Damascus suburbs; showdown at UN

Reuters -
By Khaled Yacoub Oweis and Louis Charbonneau | AMMAN/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces have taken the upper hand in escalating battles on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, while top Western and Arab diplomats are ...

Giants' Tom Coughlin is still the "other" coach in second matchup with Bill ...

Washington Post -
INDIANAPOLIS - He is known for his strict discipline and for periodic threats to his job security, whenever the New York Giants' record descends to the .500 mark.

Occupy Oakland demonstrations, arrests inject new life into movement

CNN International -
By Chelsea J. Carter, CNN (CNN) -- Oakland City Hall reopened Monday after municipal employees worked to clean up damage they said was caused over the weekend by Occupy protesters, about 400 of whom were arrested following clashes with police in the ...

Imam threatened after Shafia decision -
A recent court decision is sparking debate across the country after the conviction of three people in connection with the deaths of four of their female family members.

US Embassy in Cairo Shields 3 Americans

New York Times -
CAIRO - The United States Embassy in Cairo is giving shelter to three American citizens to protect them from potential arrest by the Egyptian authorities in a politically charged investigation of four American-backed nongovernmental organizations ...

Cameron and Sarkozy war of words over financial transaction tax -
The Entente Cordiale was put under further strain last night after a war of words broke out between French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Prime Minister David Cameron over the launch of a French transaction tax.

Afghan officials, Taliban may hold talks

By Nick Paton Walsh, CNN Taliban fighters pictured after joining Afghan government forces for a ceremony in Ghazni province on January 16.

Protesters in capital pledge to stay despite ban

Reuters -
By Lily Kuo and Ian Simpson | WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Defiant anti-Wall Street protesters in Washington vowed to remain peacefully entrenched in two parks near the White House on Monday despite a police order to stop camping on federal land, ...

Police chief in investigation of anti-Latino bias is retiring

Los Angeles Times -
It's the latest sign that the scandal rocking East Haven, Conn., could upend the city's power structure. Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr.

Obama's Google Plus hangout: Send me the resume

Politico -
President Barack Obama on Monday made his first foray into Google Plus, trying to stay on message during the social media session as he faced an unexpected twist from a woman with an out-of-work engineer husband.

Man who swung light sabers at Oregon toy store customers sentenced to jail

Washington Post -
PORTLAND, Ore. - An Oregon judge is using his force to order a 45-day jail sentence and mental health evaluation for a would-be Jedi who attacked toy store customers with light sabers last December.

Facebook Readies IPO Filing

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By SHAYNDI RAICE and RANDALL SMITH Facebook is close to picking Morgan Stanley as the lead underwriter for its initial public offering, a significant step toward what is likely to be one of the biggest-ever US public debuts.

TRENDING: Axelrod's tweet worse than his bite

CNN (blog) -
(CNN) - One of President Barack Obama's top campaign officials took a not-so-veiled jab at Mitt Romney Monday, tweeting a photo of the president riding in the presidential limousine with his Portuguese Water Dog Bo.

Seeking an upset in Florida, Gingrich turns to Herman Cain

Los Angeles Times -
By Seema Mehta Herman Cain stumped for Newt Gingrich hours before the polls open in Florida, arguing that the former House speaker is the sole candidate in the GOP field who could defeat President Obama and urging them to disregard reports that ...

Apple iPhone 4S reservations now require government ID in Hong Kong

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If you want an iPhone 4S in Hong Kong, you'll need an Internet connection, a government-issued photo ID, and a bit of luck. Apple has amended its online lottery system after scalpers and bots created mayhem and an utter lack of fairness to normal ...

Carpathia: Don't call us for Megaupload data

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Washington Post -
On Friday, the US Department of Justice sent a letter saying that it was done with the data on Megaupload's servers and that it understood that the companies hosting the data for the file-sharing site could begin deleting data from the site starting ...

Samsung Galaxy Note will be available at AT&T stores Feb. 19

Los Angeles Times -
Samsung's much-anticipated Galaxy Note will be available at AT&T on Feb. 19 for $300 with a two-year contract. The 4G LTE smartphone can be pre-ordered online or in stores beginning Sunday for delivery by Feb. 17, the company said.

Liam Neeson Is an Action Star -- 'The Grey' Proves It

Reuters -
By Joshua L. Weinstein at TheWrap Liam Neeson may be the world's most improbable action star. The towering 59-year-old star of "The Grey," known earlier in his career for roles in critically-lauded films such as "Schindler's List" and "Kinsey," has ...

Why Was Rumer Willis Hanging Out With Glenn Close?

E! Online -
Rumer Willis spent a good chunk of the weekend hitting the town with Glenn Close. But not really in the way she has been known to do with her mom, Demi Moore.

Honda banking on Bueller

Chicago Tribune -
Honda doesn't mind if you've already seen its Super Bowl commercial for the redesigned CR-V by the time the game airs Sunday.

Steve Jones leaving 'X Factor'

Entertainment Weekly -
by James Hibberd The X Factor host is leaving the Fox singing competition series. “I won't be hosting next seasons X Factor which is a shame but I cant complain as I've had a great time,” Jones wrote on Twitter.

Heat Meter: 'The Help' gets a SAG Awards boost, but is it enough?

Los Angeles Times -
The Screen Actors Guild awards on Sunday night gave a huge boost to “The Help,” with the Viola Davis-Octavia Spencer picture scoring three wins, including the coveted prize for best cast.

Rutgers Is Keeping Coaching Job In-House

New York Times -
Kyle Flood, the interim coach at Rutgers, agreed Monday to permanently replace Greg Schiano as football coach after hours of discussions with Mario Cristobal of Florida International ended with him declining the job, according to two people briefed on ...

Tony Dungy, fans hope Manning stays in Indianapolis

By Gary Mihoces, USA TODAY INDIANAPOLIS - With Super Bowl XLVI in town, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay and on-the-mend quarterback Peyton Manning have put a lid on exchanges over Manning's uncertain future.

Crosby skates prior to Penguins' practice -
By Alan Robinson - Correspondent PITTSBURGH— Sidney Crosby skated fast enough, shot the puck well enough and executed more than a few routine drills extraordinarily well enough during a demanding 45 minutes on the ice Monday to remind the ...

Wizards F Andray Blatche out 3-5 weeks with strained left calf

Washington Post -
WASHINGTON - Wizards forward Andray Blatche will be out three to five weeks because of a strained left calf. Washington coach Randy Wittman made the announcement before Monday night's game against Chicago.

Volcanic eruptions emerge as lead cause for Little Ice Age

Christian Science Monitor -
The Little Ice Age began in the late 13th century, scientists now posit, and lasted about 400 years. Some regions cooled significantly.

In Florida Everglades, pythons and anacondas dominate food chain

Washington Post -
Every child learns this sad and basic truth about nature: The snake eats the rabbit. But in the southernmost part of the Florida Everglades, things have taken a really wild turn.

Quick Fix for Severe Depression?

ABC News (blog) -
Ketamine, a prescription drug that has been used as an anesthetic for decades and gained popularity on the street as “Special K,” is being tested in Houston as a quick fix to severe depression.

WHO, Drug Firms Pledge to Control 10 Tropical Diseases

MedPage Today -
By Michael Smith, North American Correspondent, MedPage Today Ten neglected tropical diseases -- ranging from sleeping sickness to leprosy -- can be "eliminated or controlled" by the year 2020, the director of the World Health Organization said.


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